Do You Know a Tommy Gilmore? Help Reunite Old Pals!

30 Mar 2016

The following email was received by the Clontarf Residents’ Association. Barry Farrell, currently living in Switzerland is trying to help his father, Dominic (in his 70s) get in touch with his best friend from his childhood in Clontarf, Tommy Gilmore. 

Barry’s email is attached below, and we would urge anyone who might know the Gilmores who left Clontarf in the mid-1950s for the States, to email us at 


I was wondering if you would be able to point me in the right direction, as I am trying to find someone who was born in Clontarf, but left over 60 years ago! I know it's a long shot, but I am sure there is someone who knows someone who knows the family, and I just need to know where to start... so if you have any advice on Facebook groups or notice boards I could post, I would be most grateful.

My dad, Dominic Farrell, was born in Fortview Avenue, Clontarf in 1945, and he would really like to reconnect with his best friend when he was growing up. His name is Tommy Gilmore, who was born on Clontarf Road next to the bus garage in around 1945. He had three siblings: Paul, Monica and Elizabeth, and his father was from Belfast.

In around 1955/56 the whole family emigrated to Long Island in New York, and that is about all we know. It is very difficult to find any information as there are many Gilmores in New York, so I am hoping that by starting in Clontarf I could at least get a more recent lead. It is quite possible that Tommy is now deceased, as he would now be in his 70s, but it would mean a great deal to my dad to be able to reconnect after all these years if at all possible.

Again, I realize it's a long shot, but hopefully you can point me in the right direction.

Many thanks for any help you can provide.

With best regards,


Barry Farrell